There are a number of different causes and genetic factors that might put someone at risk of developing OSA. These include obesity or weight gain, the anatomical structure of the jaw or airway, nose or throat problems and alcohol or sedative use.
OSA affects up to 10% of the adult population. An estimated 20 million people in the US alone have OSA and many of them are unaware of their condition. So, if you feel you may have the symptoms, you are not alone.
Snoring, a choking sensation during sleep, breathing pauses during sleep, excessive fatigue and morning headaches are all possible symptoms of OSA.
If you or your bed-partner suspect that you may be suffering from OSA ask yourself or your bed-partener these questions. If you answer ‘often’ or ‘sometimes’ to most of these, you may suffer from OSA and should consult your family physician for further advice.